Saturday, January 31, 2015

Frank Edwards - Done Some Travelin'

Mr. Frank Edwards, elder statesman of Atlanta’s blues community, died Friday, March 22, 2002 in Greenville, SC. He was 93. Born March 20, 1909, in Washington, GA, Edwards left home at 14 after a disagreement with his father, bound for St. Augustine, Florida. He bought a guitar and began learning to play, receiving encouragement from guitarist Tampa Red (a.k.a. Hudson Whittaker). Later, Edwards took up harmonica, drawing inspiration from John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson and others. (Music Maker Relief Foundation
Frank Edwards 's Cd " Chicken Raid" is available thru the link above and please visit their site and support the artists.

Also visit Wolf Records  for a full bio on Frank and where you can also purchase this LP as a  CD  plus 3 extra tracks.


Frits's Tapes Number 95 & 96

Tape 95:

Tape 96:

Pee Wee Crayton - Same

German release of recordings made by Johnny Otis for his Blues Spectrum label in 1974. Giving it a listen after about 20 years it doesn't sound that bad as I thought it did at the time.


Pee Wee Crayton - Early Hours

A West Coast blues guitar hero, Crayton died shortly after these sessions, done primarily with Rod and Honey Piazza's band, or with jazz pianist Llew Matthews' quartet. The two dates show Crayton could do it all. Jump blues, hard or straight blues, and boogie were all easily played. It's that unmistakable T-Bone Walker influence, a stinging, swinging single line or chunky, chortling chord progressions that made Crayton stand out among the crowded blues guitar landscape. He was a one-of-a kind player, and this CD is not only his final testament, but a solid exclamation point on the career of a true American music legend. Crayton also proved to be a pretty good singer. His soulful rendering of the hit "Send for Me" is sincere and believable. "Barefootin'" might be a throwaway, but he really sends up the B.B. King evergreen "When I'm Wrong." Steaming instrumentals with big horn charts swing hard as on "You Know Yeah," Eddie Taylor's "E.T. Blues," "Red Rose Boogie," and the short horn-fired rave-up "Head'n'Home." The Piazzas and Matthews really know how to support a star, and their work is as credible as any. Additional kudos to Crayton's wife, Esther, who wrote six of these 11 cuts, and was always a major factor in his repertoire. On some of his solos, Crayton is astounding; on the rest, his guitar is merely spectacular. Though 14 years late (Crayton died in 1985) and only 45 minutes short on this CD, this is a precious document of one of originals of blues guitar, and a reminder that although he was relatively obscure, he had many fans who knew what the real deal was. For blues scholars, this is an artist, like Freddie King, Otis Rush, and T-Bone, well worth studying and relishing.
Above is a review for the cd release with 3 extra tracks.


Pee Wee Crayton - Make Room For Me

Although he was certainly inexorably influenced by the pioneering electric guitar conception of T-Bone Walker (what axe-handler wasn't during the immediate postwar era?), Pee Wee Crayton brought enough daring innovation to his playing to avoid being labeled as a mere T-Bone imitator. Crayton's recorded output for Modern, Imperial, and Vee-Jay contains plenty of dazzling, marvelously imaginative guitar work, especially on stunning instrumentals such as "Texas Hop," "Pee Wee's Boogie," and "Poppa Stoppa," all far more aggressive performances than Walker usually indulged in.
Like Walker, Connie Crayton was a transplanted Texan. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1935, later moving north to the Bay Area. He signed with the Bihari brothers' L.A.-based Modern logo in 1948, quickly hitting pay dirt with the lowdown instrumental "Blues After Hours" (a kissin' cousin to Erskine Hawkins' anthem "After Hours"), which topped the R&B charts in late 1948. The steaming "Texas Hop" trailed it up the lists shortly thereafter, followed the next year by "I Love You So." But Crayton's brief hitmaking reign was over, through no fault of his own.
After recording prolifically at Modern to no further commercial avail, Crayton moved on to Aladdin and, in 1954, Imperial. Under Dave Bartholomew's savvy production, Crayton made some of his best waxings in New Orleans: "Every Dog Has His Day," "You Know Yeah," and "Runnin' Wild" found Crayton's guitar turned up to the boiling point over the fat cushion of saxes characterizing the Crescent City sound.
From there, Crayton tried to regain his momentum at Vee-Jay in Chicago; 1957's "I Found My Peace of Mind," a Ray Charles-tinged gem, should have done the trick, but no dice. After one-off 45s for Jamie, Guyden, and Smash during the early '60s, Crayton largely faded from view until Vanguard unleashed his LP, Things I Used to Do, in 1971. After that, Pee Wee Crayton's profile was raised somewhat; he toured and made a few more albums prior to his passing in 1985.

Pee Wee's last two albums were recorded in Riverside, California for Murray Brothers, at the instigation of the label's A & R man, blues harpist deluxe Rod Piazza. Pee Wee relished the freedom and the chance to work with some veteran sidekicks and younger admirers like Rod and Honey Piazza (”I played a lot of places with Rod”) and guitarist Doug MacLeod (”one of the best friends I got, and he's one of the finest guitar players you'd ever want to hear”) and his band.
His tone, energy and repertoire were up to the minute. [title] emphasizes Pee Wee's blues, boogies and R & B, with a couple recreations and the accent on instrumentals. Rod Piazza described the music as “a seasoned professional doing what he does best with no compromises.” From the late night instrumental ambiance of a revived and extended “Blues After Hours” and the extravagant vocal blues “When I'm Wrong I'm Wrong,” through the rousing R & B of “Barefootin'” and a revisited “You Know Yeah” and the blistering uptempo instrumentals like “E.T. Blues,” “Red Rose Boogie” and the Piazza feature “Head'n Home,” Pee Wee and Blind Pig records have a reminder of his greatness for his longtime fans, and a wakeup call for a new generation. As the record “Early Hour Blues” affirms, what was once pioneering is now timeless as blues history and joyful listening!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

From now on I'll be using this post for your requests that I'll copy from the Chatbox. I'll do my best to keep it up te date.You may also leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear. As this posting will drop down the list with every new posting I will update it once a week to insure that it stays visible and near the top. Comments will be deleted regulary to keep them up to date.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here. There are other excellent blogs that can help you out with your request.
That all been said we will have to start from scratch with the requests.

01-09-2014 Steve626: Big Joe Turner - The Real Boss of The Blues on Bluestime
07-09-2014 Leroy Slim: VA - Savannah Syncopators (CBS [UK]
12-09-2014: Riley: VA - Orange County Special (Flyright)
15-09-2014: Kempen: Snooks Eaglin: Message From New Orleans (Heritage vinyl)
03-10-2014 Anonymous: Herwin 405 "Cannonball: Piano Ragtime Of The Teens, Twenties & Thirties Vol. 2" and Wolf WSE106/WBCD-006: James "Yank" Rachel: Complete recordings in chronological order Vol. 1 (1934-38)
03-10-2014: Aunt Fin: New Orleans Willie Jackson ‎– 1926-1928, Old Tramp ‎– OT-1215
03-10-2014 Fabio: CC Richardson - Blues Of The City (Blue Jay) & I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
10-10-2014 Anonymous: Down Home Slide – Testament record
14-10-2014 Anonymous: Memphis Slim - 'If The Rabbit Had a Gun LP
17-10-2014 Sanma Bluesandroll:  Wade Walton: Shake Em On Down" Bluesville LP BV 1060
19-10-2014 Anonymous: Screamin' Joe Neal - Rock & Roll Deacon
26-10-2014 Anonymous: Big Bill Broonzy – Lonesome Road Blues LP
12-12-2014 Luis Lisboa: Willie Dixon & Johnny Winter – “Cryin’ The Blues”
14-01-2015 Anonymous: Beale Street Mess Around (Revival / Rounder)
27-01-2015 Sam Blues: Big George Brock LP call "Should Have been there".
Litlte mack simmons religious works (70' lp's)
Johnny Woods - "So many cold morning" from swingmaster label

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 93 & 94

Tape 93:

Tape 94:

Doug Sahm ?????

Blues Busters - Busted!

An unspectacular but enjoyable album from the Memphis Blues Busters released in 1982. A mix of blues and a bit of soul that would make a great night out for anyone doing the clubs of Memphis.
Has been re-released on Cd with 3 extra tracks.


Papa George Lightfoot - Natchez Trace

Born in Natchez, Mississippi, Lightfoot recorded several sessions in his late twenties – for Peacock Records in 1949 (which were never issued), Sultan Records in 1950, Aladdin Records in 1952, and Imperial Records in 1954. After final singles for Savoy Records in 1955 and Excello Records in 1956, Lightfoot quit recording, still an obscure Southern blues harmonica player.
As interest grew in rural Delta blues in the 1960s, Lightfoot's name became more well-known, and in 1969 record producer Steve LaVere went to Lightfoot's home town of Natchez, and asked him to record again. The result was the album Natchez Trace, released on Vault Records in 1969, which brought Lightfoot briefly to the forefront of the blues revival. Rural Blues Vol. 2 followed on Liberty Records later that same year.
However, his comeback was cut short by his death in late 1971.